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Baxter, TN
A 35-year-old female asked:

Can a wisdom tooth coming in sideways not yet broke thru gums cause ear, jaw, neck pain/swelling ? what's best for swelling? plan 2 call dentist asap

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 49 years experience
Yes: If the molar and surrounding area is infected, an antibiotic should be considered after taking to your dentist. Generally a NSAID like motirin, advil (ibuprofen) or aleve (naproxen) (naprosyn) works better than an opiate. They will increase bleeding somewhat more than a newer NSAID like Celebrex (celecoxib) which doesn't thin the blood. Check with your dentist.Dental extractions don't have to be that painful.
Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 10 years experience
All of the above: An impacted wisdom tooth can cause all of the above symptoms, so yes see a dentist asap for examination , evaluation and treatment options.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Yes: Yes, especially if it is just under the tissues. There is probably a communication with the oral cavity. Sounds infected. Otc pain meds, saline rinse. See oral surgeon asap.

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